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Shopaholics

A woman shopping

Are you buying more than you need or can afford...?

Many people find it difficult to curb their spending and buy more than they need and can afford on a regular basis. In today's programme, Kate and Rebecca try to understand why we spend money, our emotional response to it and the first step in how to control it.

This week's question: According to some sources, what percentage of the population are shopaholics? Is it:

a) 1%

b) 10%

c) 50%

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!

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Shopaholics

Vocabulary

tightening our belts

spending less money than before

retail therapy

when we go shopping and buy ourselves things in order to feel happier

debt culture

when people live off credit and spend money they do not actually have by using credit cards and borrowing from the bank

shopaholics

people who are compulsive shoppers and can't stop themselves buying things

self-esteem

belief and confidence in how we feel about ourselves

mood

the way you feel at a particular time

leakage

something which disappears slowly

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